In just a few short months, we’ll get to trek into darkness with the crew of the Enterprise for J.J. Abrams’ follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness. He spoke with CraveOnline about the film and as usual his lips stayed sealed about specifics – he wouldn’t even talk about the themes of the film.
“Theres nothing worse for me than reading what the theme of a book is or a movie and then reading it and being like: thats the theme. The theme is you feel it…I do think that by default this a deeper movie. Its certainly a bigger movie because the first one was kind of the origin story which is great because its so easy. You just introduce people and yet now they know each other so it has to go deeper.”
2009’s Star Trek boasted a very strong ensemble cast and it’s grown even larger for the new film, and it wasn’t easier finding everyone’s place the second time around.
Oh, Ive done that, itll be easier the next time. No, its harder the next time. But its important that every character needs to be in the story, otherwise they shouldnt be. But I wouldnt say it was easier.”
The identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character has been revealed as John Harrison, but many still believe he’s a new version of Khan, and Abrams is ready for people to just see the movie.
“I just cant wait for people to see the movie. Benedict is unbelievable. Its a tall order, coming into that movie, because the crew of the Enterprise, that cast is so damn good and theyre wonderful to work with and theyre all good hearts. So, to come into that group, as he did, as Alice Eve did and as Peter Weller did, and be one of the family was something that I was doubtful could happen. And he completely did it. I not only love him in the movie, but I love him, as a human being. Hes an amazing guy. I cant wait for people to see the movie and experience what hes done.”
One reason some still believe Cumberbatch to be playing Khan is a connection in the new trailer that is very similar to a key scene in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, but Abrams won’t say a word about it.
“Well, I would say that youve got to see the movie to see. I dont want to give away what that is, but weve all seen Wrath of Khan. With one or two exceptions, were not idiots. We are aware of the movie. I love Wrath of Khan.”
With the second movie almost out, it’s not too early to talk about a potential third film, but when Abrams was asked if he had thought about it at all he said no. They have stories in mind, though.
“No, sir, not yet. Im sure that the studio would love that to be a possibility but its up to the audience to decide if there needs to be one…There are things weve talked about but theres no script or anything, its just ideas.”
Star Trek Into Darkness stars John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller. It will be released in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on May 17.
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